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Kittitian to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The presentation ceremony will take place when the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic (NTAC) holds its 5th Annual, “Salute to New York City Nonprofits and the Neighborhoods They Serve.” The event will be held at Stage 6, Steiner Studios located at 15 Washington Ave., Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY 11205. 

The Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Ismay Taylor during the celebration of Caribbean Heritage Month. 

The Diabetes epidemic in St. Kitts and Nevis had caught the attention of the Caines Family foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007.  The foundation was the brainchild of Dr. Ismay Taylor, a daughter of the soil of St. Kitts.  Dr. Taylor along with three other charter donors—Troy Taylor, son, Richard Caines, brother and Dr. Stanley Everton Caines, nephew—founded the foundation with a mission to improve and enhance education initiatives, strengthen economic development and promote healthy families in the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. 

Since its inception, the Caines Family Foundation has aided the St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Education by providing training designed to increase the capacity of school educators and leaders.  The training, facilitated by the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic, was presented around the same time when Dr. Ismay Taylor accepted the invitation to Chair and serve on the country’s Education Advisory Board.  Most recently, the foundation embarked upon another effort to support their country, assisting the Ministry of Health, by providing medical equipment, facilitating awareness and lecture forums, and funding a study for a delegation of local health professionals to observe the Johnson and Johnson Diabetes Institute in Milpitas, California. 

Dr. Ismay Taylor is a retired professor of the City University of New York and a past Academic Dean at the Bronx Community College.    Dr. Taylor combines the skills of a teacher with a talent for administration and she instills in her students a healthy and vigilant skepticism.   She exudes a sense of sheer pleasure in her work, and projects considerable humor.  She makes an indelible impression on students and colleagues alike, and she has been listed in the Who’s Who in American College Teachers.

In New York, Dr. Taylor received numerous awards and citations for service to include, several from the Student Government of Bronx Community College of CUNY, The Mount Vernon Cooperative College of SUNY, Bilingual Volunteers of America: New York Chapter, The Assembly of the State of New York, and also the Kittitian-American Benevolent Association (KABA) which she co-founded in 1982. 

Dr. Taylor migrated to the US in 1967. 

Her philanthropic spirit and commitment led the effort of her family to establish in 2007 The Caines Family Foundation.  The goal of the Foundation is to assist in the improvement and enhancement of education initiatives, strengthen economic development, and promote healthy families in St. Kitts and Nevis. 

For retirement pastime, she substitutes as the organist at her church or travels as a tourist seeing some of the world with her husband.


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